The Project

Hip-hop artist Benny Holmes didn’t know what he was getting into when he challenged himself to freestyle over every beat in the Reddit Freestyle Friday thread.

“I went downstairs and told my wife I was going to freestyle over every beat in the thread,” he said. “I thought there were going to be six and it turned out to be 30 beats.”

The beats he did rap to that night were the start of a yearlong project that left Holmes with 149 original tracks, over six hours of music. Now, Holmes is gathering those songs and turning them into something bigger than he originally intended when he established this challenge.

On June 18, 2022, Holmes launched the project’s official website, BenholmesMusic.com, which features all 149 tracks, plus interactive ways to highlight his work. Holmes took on the painstaking task of transcribing every lyric – a total of 60,050 words.

The way this website catalogs and displays data about the Second Kitchen Sessions is an evolving idea and there will be more roll outs and added features in the future.

Lyrically, Holmes wears his heart on his sleeve.

He pulls from his own life experiences, mixing humor, heartache, professional successes and failures, domestic bliss with his wife Jackie and their pets, as well as everything else that comes with being a millennial professional with a hobby and life he loves. The tracks are honest and endearing storytelling that reels the listener in.

Ben Holmes

I’m a rapper/producer from Detroit and I like recording in my basement. I’ve been rapping and producing for a long time. Long enough to have gotten burnt out with the grind around 2013, so I boxed up the MPC2500 and turned my recording studio into an auxiliary kitchen. I got a dope job in an office with a window and my name on a plaque. I traveled around. I met a lot of cool people outside of music. Every once in awhile I would record a one off for my wife or a loved ones birthday.

After watching Hamilton in 2020, I produced an unreleased record for my wife, Jackson. Then went on to produce and record an EP Titled “Not Over Writing” under the pseudonym S.C.U.W. that achieved nominal success at my workplace. On April 16th, 2021 I told Jackson I was going to rap over every beat in the freestyle Friday thread on Reddit, which I was familiar with from 10 years prior. That night there were some 30 beats uploaded to the thread and I never claimed to be that good, so I didn’t get to all of them but that night sparked what would go on to become the Second Kitchen Sessions. The songs on this page are in the same order I released them on Soundcloud throughout the year. I hope you have as much fun with the statistical aspect as you do listening to the songs.

I love you.